The U.S. Military Gets a Raise, Be it Ever So Small

The U.S. Military Gets a Raise (Photo: Public Domain)

The U.S. Military Gets a Raise (Photo: Public Domain)

September 2, 2016

By Lorra B.

President Obama has once again used his executive power to grant military and federal civilian employees a pay raise. The size of the pay raise he has deemed ‘unfortunate but necessary.’

In an August 31 letter to Congress, Obama set the military pay level at “0.5 percent below the expected increase in private sector wages, which would mark the fourth year in a row troops’ pay hikes failed to keep pace with their civilian peers,” according to Military Times.

Military service members will receive, according to this proposal, a monthly pay raise of 1.6 percent, just a bit over the 1.3 percent that was approved by Obama last fiscal year.

Just how much would this 1.6 percent pay increase affect our service members? For most enlisted troops it will mean a $400 yearly increase and for mid-career officers the raise could be as much as $1,500.

In the letter, Obama stated, “This decision is consistent with my fiscal year 2017 budget. It will not materially affect the federal government’s ability to attract and retain well-qualified members for the uniformed services.”

Representatives are still arguing over authorizations and defense monies. Lawmakers could still find opportunities to supersede Obama’s decision, though that seems unlikely.

Over the next five years this substandard pay raise could potentially save over $2.2 billion in an effort to “preserve funding for modernization and training priorities.”

Obama wrote, “I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our nation over more than a decade of war.  As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.”

“This effort requires tough choices, especially in light of budget constraints,” declared Obama.

The impact of low pay increases is far-reaching within our military communities and affect our troops at home and abroad. Troops should be able to keep their minds on their missions, not distracted by financial worries at home. The Pentagon, however, believes their harm would be greater if the money was not spent on protecting the troops with proper equipment and training.

The 1.6 percent pay raise will begin on January 1, though the debate on the issue is not over and will begin again later this week.

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By Lorra B.

15 thoughts on “The U.S. Military Gets a Raise, Be it Ever So Small

  1. LOL what would you expect gun ti do? I would have figured he would have cut their pay, but in his convoluted mind it’s just another way to force the military to pay more in income taxes which will be wasted during his administration.

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    • Let’s try that again HA!
      LOL what would you expect him to do? I would have figured he would have cut their pay, but in his convoluted mind it’s just another way to force the military to pay more in income taxes which will be wasted during his administration.

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  2. Wow. Fantastic. With that extra extra 34 dollars a month, they should be sitting pretty high. What a benevolent commander in, well, I won’t say. What does he care. He uses tax payers money, in order that he might enjoy his current, lavish, life style. Oh, how he loves the military. NOT.

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  3. That is shameful! I know the Marines are good and decent people, but I truly wish they would refuse to protect DingleBarry. I know that’s ugly, but there it is. He needs to be a little more afraid of losing his skin. Would do him a world of good.

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    • Mr. Obama seems to think he is doing them a favor by putting the money toward equipment and training, and I get that! BUT, he could pay them what they deserve to be paid if he stopped funding every illegal who has a whim to come here!

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    • Sparky: I’ve wondered many times how the Marines & the Secret Service can protect these anti American creeps. Starting with Clinton. From what I’ve read Bill was OK but hillary was a b*tch on wheels to them. And we have the disrespectful obamas ,,,the way he hip hops down the steps of Air Force One…all loose jointed and so rap star…and how he throws out a salute IF he feels like it to the Marine Guard. I don’t have the pride and all it takes to protect jerks like that, I would no way throw myself between -0 or his wookie and a bullet. I think I would much rather push them in front of one.

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      • That’s what came to my mind too Paula he’s ANTI-AMERICAN as well are Clinton’s, but he and Mooch are enjoying bringing America down – and pride themselves in spending tax payers money (while borrowing more) for their own warped pleasures. Grant it, they’re under the control of the Globalist, but still they get in their own perversions when they can. They’re sick in the head and dark heartless creatures.

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